Colorado Town Elects Basset Hound as Mayor

Over in Littleton, Colorado they're doing something I strongly believe should be adopted worldwide: they elect a dog mayor. The winner of this race is a 5-year-old Basset Hound named Murdoch. Donning goggles and some antlers on a headband, his job is to bring joy and awareness to the small town. KMGH has more of this tail.

It was a contest to bring attention to historic preservation within the city.

"We wanted to heighten awareness," Roxborough said.

Each dog candidate posed for photos in front of historic sites in Littleton. Voters responded, casting a total of more than 6,000 votes. In the end, the winner was Murdoch, a 5-year-old basset hound.

"He's a lover of people," owner Beverly Pillow said. "And he loves to give big slobbery kisses."

The 6,000-vote total was nearly half as many votes as the actual mayoral election.

"They had a shorter campaign cycle," actual Mayor Schlachter said. "If they had gone the same length that we did, who knows how many votes the dogs would've gotten."


If politics can bring out the worst in us, this is one electoral race I can fully get behind.